Air pollution inside the home is as bad as that outside, but not everyone does something about it. With an air purifier, you can clean and purify the air that your family breathes, ridding it of common allergens, pollutants, toxic odors, and dirt particles.
But not all air purifiers are created equal. They vary in design, filtration system, size, and even the area that they can cover. Here, we’re giving you a review of the Alen BreatheSmart, a sleek air purifier designed for large rooms. As advertised, it’s “perfect for living rooms, offices, or even open-concept layouts.”
The question is, does this device have all the right features to deliver the promised results? In this Alen BreatheSmart review, we present a consumer report of what previous buyers have to say about this device. Does it reduce or totally eliminate odors? Is it good for allergy sufferers? How about for pet owners? Read on to find out.
Key Features of the Alen BreatheSmart
There are several BreatheSmart models, but among them, the BreatheSmart is so far the largest when it comes to area coverage. Compared with the Breathesmart Fit50 and Breathesmart Flex, this model can clean a room that is up to 1,100 square feet, which is more than two times that a Blue Pure 211 can cover.
To jumpstart this Alen Breathesmart review, here are some of the product’s technical specifications.
– Energy star certified: yes
– Noise level: speed 1 – 41.5 dB; speed 2 – 44 dB; speed 3 – 50 dB; speed 4 – 56 dB
– Weight: 21 lbs.
– Product dimensions: 26.75″ x 17.75″ x 10″
When on auto mode, the Alen BreatheSmart detects the air quality of the surroundings and adjusts its cleaning power. Because of this feature, you can save energy and money.
On the control panel, this is what the colors mean:
– blue, low quantity of airborne particles
– yellow, moderate quantity of airborne particles
– red, significant quantity of airborne particles
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4 Different HEPA Filters
The standard filter is the HEPA-Pure, but you can have the HEPA-Silver, HEPA-FreshPlus, and HEPA-OdorCell. All of them are designed to remove dust and allergens, but each is designed for a certain purpose.
– HEPA-Pure, everyday concerns (dust, allergens, mold spores, pollen)
– HEPA-Silver, all-around solution (mold, germs, and asthma-related concerns)
– HEPA-FreshPlus, chemical filter for smoke, VOCs, and heavier chemicals
– HEPA-OdorCell, odor neutralizer
Filter Life Indicator
You don’t have to guess or constantly check whether or not the filter needs changing. This air purifier is equipped with an indicator that lets you know when is the right time. But unlike other brands that turn red only when the filter needs a replacement, the BreatheSmart air purifier gives you a “progress report” through 3 colors.
– green, means that you’re filter is still okay
– yellow, turns on shortly before the replacement making it an ideal time to order a new filter
– red, time to replace the filter
How does the air move? The BreatheSmart takes in air through its side and bottom grills. The air then passes through the filters before being re-circulated back to the room, exiting at the top of the device.
Expect the following: handle at the back for easy carrying, optional ozone-safe ionizer, timer (4, 8, 12 hours), and auto-safety feature when front cover is removed.
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Alen BreatheSmart Review, Consumer Feedback
How does the Alen BreatheSmart fare among consumers? In this section of our Alen BreatheSmart review, we give you a summarized report of what previous buyers have to say about their unit.
How noisy is this device?
According to the manufacturers, the Alen BreatheSmart has a noise level that ranges from 41.5 to 56 decibels, depending on the speed you chose. To be specific, here are the noise levels per speed setting: speed 1 – 41.5 dB; speed 2 – 44 dB; speed 3 – 50 dB; speed 4 – 56 dB.
For you to picture out these measurements, here’s a simple comparison. Your breath is 10 dB, whispers measure 30 dB, and a typical conversation is about 62 dB.
How do consumers describe these sounds? Based on feedback, this air purifier is “very quiet” on its lowest setting. On turbo, it sounds like a “steady rain” that eventually becomes background noise.
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How often do you have to change the filters?
It depends on how you use it (or the air quality), but several people say it takes them 6 months, with some saying 8 or 9 months.
Does it get rid of cigarette smoke?
One person who vapes a lot said that everytime he smokes, the Alen BreatheSmart automatically adjusts to high speed, even if the air purifier is located in the living room and he vapes in the bedroom. The same thing also happens if he has guests who smoke. Everytime the guests leave, he doesn’t smell the odor of cigarette.
What does the manufacturers say about this? Alen says that the BreatheSmart helps remove smoke especially if you choose the HEPA-OdorCell filter. This filter is designed to remove smoke and heavy odors, aside from eliminating allergens in the air.
Does it remove pet odor?
The efficiency of this air purifier as regards pet odor removal lies in the type of filter in use. The company recommends that you use the HEPA-OdorCell filter, a filter designed to remove strong odors such as those from pets.
Does it make the air cleaner?
The general consensus is that this air purifier does make the air cleaner and fresher. One person even said the inside air now “smells like outside air.” Another person said that the air smells “fresh, crisp, and different.”
Is this good for allergic sufferers?
Take it from consumers who’ve had a positive experience. For instance, one husband recalls that before getting the BreatheSmart air purifier, they (him, his wife, and his daughter) would wake up with itchy eyes, scratchy throats, and congested chests. The culprit? The dander from the pets they keep. When they tried the BreatheSmart, the allergies and the morning symptoms disappeared.
Another person who moved to a new condo says that he’s had breathing problems because of the cat dander from the previous owner’s cat. With this air purifier, he can now breathe comfortably.
Alen BreatheSmart Review VIDEO: Watch it in Action
A mom shares their Alen BreatheSmart, which they use at her son’s room. Watch the change in colors when the dogs came in.